Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI)

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Dionisios Vlachos

Lead Institution

University of Delaware

Year Established



To develop innovative, transformational heterogeneous catalytic technologies for economically converting lignocellulosic (non-food-based) biomass into bioproducts and fuels.

Research Topics

catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), biofuels (including algae and biomass), bio-inspired, hydrogen and fuel cells, separations, mesostructured materials, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (scalable processing) 

Materials Studied

Materials: metal, oxide, cellulose, porous

Interfaces: metal/oxide, gas/liquid, gas/solid, liquid/solid, solid/solid

Nanostructured Materials: 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), quantum mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling, high-throughput screening methods


Partner Institutions

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Columbia University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Lehigh University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Pennsylvania

BES Staff Contact

Robert Stack

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